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How Cell Phones Separate Us From God

on December 12, 2011

Various cell phones displayed at a shop.

My mother, three nephews, niece and I piled into her big suburban this Sunday to attend church in a neighboring city in the mountains.  It takes around an hour to get there.  The drive is beautiful.  The city fades into the desert which becomes hilly and the hills become spotted with trees until enough elevation is gained and the wonderful vegetation of the forest surrounds the car on all sides.  And the most beautiful thing is no cell service.

My nephews are twelve, ten and seven, and all three have a cell phone.  I understand why my mother (who is raising my them) got cell phones for my nephews, but it was disheartening that the entire drive up the mountains to church, all three were constantly on their cell phones, playing games and checking for service.  Then I realized that I just turned my cell phone on for the millionth time, and I quickly became disgusted.

We are constantly ‘plugged’ into the secular world through these small devices.  Our children are growing up believing that it is normal to be plugged in like we are.  I hate to admit it, but even I who admonish the social medias and having a cell phone attached like a third arm, am obsessed with communicating with the outside world.  I am beginning to think that I am more obsessed than I think I am and that scares me.  It’s like this saying in running, it is not the big rock that twists your ankle–it’s the little one.

I think that this applies to us Christians and our relationship to God as well.  It isn’t the big sins that catch us, for we watch out for those.  It’s the little ones.  We all know the Ten Commandments, and we do our best to be ‘good’ Christians and follow them.  We notice (hopefully) the big sins in our life such as do not steal, murder, covet the neighbors stuff, adultery, idolatry, etc., and correct those in our life, but do we notice the little things?  Such as obsessing over a cell phone instead of obsessing over the coming of Christ?  Checking the latest Facebook status update instead of the Word of God?  Or even placing high priority of the incoming call above prayer?  How about Christmas shopping over attending church service?

Let us set aside the cell phones, the social medias, the emails, the constant pounding of the secular world against our consciousness, — just for a little while this Advent season—and truly ponder the wonder of the little baby who came to suffer for our sake out of great love.


5 responses to “How Cell Phones Separate Us From God

  1. sol zemlje says:

    Ukidanje silom ne daje nikave rezultate. Vjera, ljubav, povjerenje…to spada u osobi izbor i sve dok čovjek to ne osjeti iznutra, svaka sugestija ostat će kao nametanje nečega stranoga. Pozdrav

  2. I’m guilty of having been blessed enough to get a smartphone and through it I have access to everything. Farmville, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, email, iTunes, the radio, and a bunch of other things. I’ve also downloaded some Catholic apps and feel ashamed that I don’t use them as much. Huh…maybe I’ll get off the computer and go listen to Ave Maria Radio…

    • Pamalogist says:

      Yup, I’m in the same boat. I really didn’t realize that my cell phone has become an extension of me until I forgot it at home one day. I was constantly reaching for it and then remembering that I didn’t have it with me. Its terrible.

  3. Pamalogist: You are so right about the cell phones and the social media. I catch myself looking at my cell phone at least 5 to ten times a day. I am constantly checking my email on the computer or going to Facebook. It is an annoying habit when you think about it. I need to read the word more and post more scripture. Thank you for the post to remind me of these facts. May God continue to bless you with love, peace, happiness and grace. Ricklee

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